WHO Press Conference
23 February 2017 10:30 - 11:15Latest Data on prevalence of depression and the world health organization's "Depression: Let's talk" Campaign
In the lead-up to World Health Day on 7 April, which this year will focus on depression, WHO is releasing new global health estimates on depression.
Depression is an illness that affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. It is the largest single contributor to global disability.
The number of people living with depression is increasing, with an increase of 18% between 2005 and 2015. Low levels of recognition and access to care for depression and anxiety lead to an estimated global economic loss of a trillion US dollars every year. Stigma associated with depression remains high.
During the briefing, Dr Dan Chisholm, one of the authors of the document, will provide details of the prevalence of depression, at global and regional levels and by sex and age. He will also provide details about the World Health Day campaign “Depression: let’s talk”, that was launched on World Mental Health Day 2016 and will last for one year. Dr Dan Chisholm, Health Systems Adviser, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, WHO
Press Conference by the Human Rights Council / Independent Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic
1 March 2017 14:00 - 14:45Launch of report of the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic on its special inquiry into events in Aleppo based on its investigations of alleged human rights violations committed by all warring parties between 21 July 2016 and 22 December 2016. (References: HRC res. 31/17 and HRC res. S-25/1)
(The Commission is scheduled to present this report, along with a periodic update on the overall human rights situation in Syria, to the Human Rights Council on 14 March.)Mr. Paulo Pinheiro, Chairperson, Independent Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab RepublicMs. Carla del Ponte, Member of the Independent Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic